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2021 Reading Goals and Plans

I usually wait until mid to late January before posting my reading plans or goals. Mainly because I'm very optimistic about my superhuman capabilities during the start of a new year but much of that enthusiasm fades over the next couple of weeks. I tend to believe I can read more than ever but reality is usually closer to how much I averaged in previous years. So, to allow myself the opportunity to dream big and then plan well, I take the ambitious goals for a road test during the first couple of weeks of the year. If they still look achievable, great! If not, I will part ways with those that are a stretch.  The numbers I have an arbitrary number set in Goodreads for this year but it's not a number I will quote as I tend to change it often and it is intended to factor in the many picture books I read with my kids. But that said, there are three numbers I would like to improve this year (last year's stats in parentheses) - total number of pages read (approx. 11k), average n

The Sunday Salon: A two-month old birthday and a road trip

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Happy Sunday and Fall season! September 22 is officially the end of the summer season, here in the Northern hemisphere. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet because my summer was way too short - it passed in a blur of pregnancy tiredness and baby business. Still, it's hard not to love Fall and all that is associated with it. It's what comes after (winter and the dreary landscapes and all the heavy jackets) that makes me dread this quick ending of summer.

Shreya is two months old today. How did that happen? She has her two month checkup tomorrow so we'll know how tall she is and how much she weighs. I'm sure she's in the 90+ percentile for both. She is right now learning how to use her fist for... sucking. Yep, the whole fist.


I'm two months old today. I love to coo, stand,
hear my humans talk, stare at bright stuff.
Milestones: Slept all night, First outing, First smile.

Two weekends ago, we had taken a road trip to Williamsburg, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. All these places are within a half hour distance from where we were staying in Newport News. The idea was to learn what it's like to travel with a baby. And we learned a lot - that we'll have to take quite a few long breaks for feeding and so planning outings around the breaks is the right thing to do. That because of the frequent breaks, we should plan a few days per tourist place, if we wanted to explore it fully. That noisy restaurants are a no-go if we wanted the baby sleeping through the meal, or else someone may have to hold the baby, and we will end up gulping down our meal so that we can rotate holding the baby. And that a vacation can be tiring as well, and sometimes sacrifices have to be made.


A reenactment at Williamsburg USS Wisconsin

Still, we enjoyed the trip - it was my first big outing after Shreya was born and I was glad to get out of the house. We saw a couple of reenactments at Williamsburg, toured the USS Wisconsin battleship, and spent some time at the beach as well.

Last weekend, my library had a book sale. I wasn't planning on buying too many books because I had a book buying spree only in April, but when I was told that I can fill a whole bag with books for just three bucks, I didn't try to waste that opportunity. Here's what I bought (in addition to some baby books):

Last week, I finished reading Louise O' Neill's Only Ever Yours and I loved it. I loved how conflicted it made me feel. I'm hoping to discuss more about it this week. I started reading Nawal El-Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero for Aarti's #Diversiverse event. I'm hoping to read one more book for the event but we'll see about it. Right now, my reading temperament is being very picky. I have Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House lined up next.

Right now, Shreya is sleeping, and the husband is out shopping. I am still working on my mitts and am hoping to finish them today. So close to the finish! I don't have any other major plans for the rest of the day. Hopefully just some knitting and blogging.

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